Holiday Gift Guide for Her

‘Tis the season! It is finally December, which means the holidays are practically here! I love this time of year, and one of my favorite things is putting together gift guides filled with goodies for the special people in your life! Below is a gift guide for her. Whether it’s your momma, sister, daughter, girlfriend etc there is something for everyone!

  1. Ugg Classic Short II Boot in Garnet
  2. Kendra Scott Miku Drop Earrings
  3. Nordstrom Frosted Cuff Slippers
  4. Jord Cassia Watch (Click here to enter my Giveaway!! And check out my blog all about it here!)
  5. PJ Salvage Print Flannel Pajamas
  6. Chanel No. 5 L’eau Limited Edition
  7. YSL Envelope Large Bag In Grain De Poudre Embossed Leather
  8. Treasure and Bond Cable Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pom
  9. Free People Softly Structured Tunic
  10. Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Kit
  11. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Nude Mini Lipstick Kit
  12. Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings

Happy holiday shopping!

-XO Courtney

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My Must Have Pieces for Fall

Bring on the pumpkin spice please! Now that it is the end of September, it finally feels like fall! Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons. From cozy sweaters to chic booties, below are a few of my must haves for the season!

  1. Madewell Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater
  2. Madewell Starry Night Chenille Scarf
  3. Gorjana Laguna Adjustable Lariat Necklace
  4. Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne
  5. Brixton Fiddler Cap
  6. Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea Boot
  7. Topshop Sallie Tortoiseshell Handle Tote
  8. Topshop Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

For fall, I always tend to lean towards copper and pumpkin colored sweaters. They pair well with the crisp weather and are extremely flattering on all skin tones. Another major staple in my closet for fall is black denim. I prefer if they are ripped because it adds an edgier feel, but the pair goes with nearly anything.

For accessories, I am absolutely obsessed with hats. The fiddler hat pairs perfect with every outfit for every occasion. But it wouldn’t be the season without comfy scarves and fun booties. I am in love with this star one from Madewell, which adds the perfect pop of color and pattern. I am also obsessed with these Marc Fisher booties. The pointed toe with a metal embellishment is a modern take on a classic style. This mustard color Topshop bag also caught my eye! It’s so chic, but has a unique twist with the turtle handle and side strap. Large totes are a must for the season to carry all of your necessities, and this one does the trick perfectly. Finish off any fall look with a long lariat necklace and a spritz of your favorite warm fragrance, and you are fall ready!

I hope these pieces inspire you to break out your fall wardrobe and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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How I Feel About This Year’s Nordstrom Sale

Every year around this time, I normally do a post on the items I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This year, however, I will not be. Instead, I want to give you my honest opinion and feelings about the sale.

Whenever the anniversary sale rolls around in mid July, I make an effort to purchase quite a few pieces for the fall. It is probably the one sale that I take seriously as a shopper. This year’s sale, however, was not like the one’s in the past. As a shopper and loyal customer, I was a bit disappointed.

I am not a Nordstrom card holder, and will probably not be one until later on in life. In the past, I always had to shop once the sale went public, but I would never have a problem purchasing pieces I saw in advance. This year, I did not have much luck in store and online. I was able to purchase a pair of booties I saw in store, but even then, I dove right into that purchase for fear of missing out.

This year, their inventory for me was not up to par. The pieces were pretty blasé and not really anything that felt worth spending on. Not to mention their restocking of the pieces felt so all over the place. I am not sure if they purchased less inventory this year, but keeping track of restocked sizes was nearly impossible. I would see a jacket I liked, and within an instant, it would disappear. I know what you’re going to tell me, Courtney, that’s what happens with sales. Things sell out fast. But I am honestly telling you, I have never experienced this shopping the sale before in my life.

I stopped by my local store one day to see if I could get even a pair of jeans, but there was NOTHING left. I have never seen the store so empty during the public portion of the anniversary sale. It was practically bare. Last year around this time, I got a Theory leather jacket in my size and several pairs of jeans and sweaters. This year, I found none of that.

I talked to several other people that have shopped and browsed the sale, and they also agreed that the sale had nothing to offer and even that the items were poor quality. I am not sure what changes were made this year from last year’s, but it was a big disappointment as a shopper.

At this point, I gave up on the sale and am planning on looking for staple items once September hits. I love Nordstrom and will continue to shop there, but I had to give you all my honest opinion as a blogger and customer of the sale.

My hope is that next year, they will make changes and restore the Nordstrom Anniversary sale back to the way it was.

-XOXO Courtney

 

 

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts For The Home Lover

Christmas is nearly a week away, and if you are in need of a last minute gift for a home lover, I have the perfect items for you! These are items that are easy to get for last minute shopping, yet perfect for that home body!

  1. Nordstrom at Home Cuddle Up Faux Fur Throw Blanket
  2. Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Candle Set 
  3. Urban Botanics Book 
  4. Cathy’s Concepts Boss Lady Lacquer Docking Station 
  5. Nordstrom at Home Foil Print Pillow
  6. Smeg 50s Retro Style Five-Quart Stand Mixer 
  7. Rosanna Luxe Moderne Double Old Fashioned Glasses (Set of 4)

Being a home lover myself, these are items that I’d love if someone purchased for me, so I know they will be perfect for that special person in your life!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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My Picks For The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun! The sale opened today for  cardholders until the 20th, but will officially be open to the public on July 21! This sale is probably the biggest of the year! You can get so many designer pieces and more (brand new for fall) on sale! But BEWARE! It goes by super fast! Prices go back to their original mark up on August 8th, so make sure you take advantage as soon as you can! For more details, just go to the Nordstrom website.

Every summer, I keep a close eye on this sale because it is the one time of the year that I splurge and get all of my fall closet staples! It may still be 80 degrees out, but you better know that I am buying sweaters, jeans, and suede boots, if they are a deal! Below are my picks for this year’s sale!

From L to R:

Topshop Layered Ruffle Sleeve Cardigan

BP. Lace Trim Slipdress

Halogen Corbin Slide Loafer

ALLSAINTS Raye Leather Tote

Topshop Stripe Colorblock Cardigan

STS Blue Ashley High Waist Ankle Skinny

Leith Blouson Sleeve Sweater

BP. Faren Bootie

Topshop Jamie High Waist Skinny Jeans

Adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt 

Happy Shopping!

-XOXO Courtney

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Outfit Guide: Weekend Away in Cape Cod

With summer weekends in New England fast approaching, it’s time to break out your best summer wear for trips to the Cape! Below is an outfit guide for the perfect weekend in Cape Cod or other beach vacations!

From Left to Right:

Island Ferry Cream Sweater– Lulus       Capri Woven Tote with Pom Charms 

New Flora Skinny Scarf– Gucci      Ripped Denim Leggings– Hue

Blush Ruffle Bikini (Similar)        Stripe Ruffle Wrap Dress– Topshop

BP Multistrand Choker       Converse Chuck Taylors     Tom Ford Bronzer

Canvas Cosmetic Bag– G By Guess

For a beach weekend away, the best way to get the most out of what you pack is by bringing neutral tones to mix and match. Do not be afraid to combine whites for a clean and warm summer look, while adding pastels for a pretty pairing.

Happy Weekend Away

-XOXO Courtney

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Ripped Denim and Lace

On casual days where I still want to feel and look put together, I combine my two favorite things: ripped denim and a lace shirt. The combination is classic and comfy, yet looks amazing for any occasion.

I’m sporting my favorite Blank NYC dark, ripped denim with a white lace ToSave.com shirt. (Check one of my previous posts on my review of the items I received from them!) I paired the look with a simple khaki jacket and white converse.

Jeans: Nordstrom (Similar)         Top: ToSave.com

Jacket: Marshalls (Similar)        Sneakers: Converse

Lace shirts are a huge trend for spring and summer. It combines the sexiness of lingerie and the comfiness of a casual cami. To dress the look up, pair a strappy heel and clutch or large tote bag. The look is versatile, simple, and sure to turn heads!

-XOXO Courtney

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(Last Minute) Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and with little time left, it is time to get your mama a gift! Below are a few last minute ideas for your mom.

1. La Mer The Moisture Intensive Collection

2. Fitbit Alta HR Wireless Heart Rate and Fitness Tracker

3. Love, Bite Lip Set- Bite Beauty

4. Tory Burch Thin Flip Flop

5. Lush Cross Front Blouse

6. 7-in-1 Facial Massager and Cleanser- Grace and Stella (Coupon Code Here)

7. Kendra Scott ‘Elle’ Drop Earrings

8. In The Buff Bundle- Fresh

Happy Shopping!

-XOXO Courtney

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Instagram Outfit Breakdown

Friday night, I was decked out for a spring formal! My outfit consisted of leather, satin, and plenty of sass.

  1. Urban Outfitters Wheat Chain Wrap Choker Necklace
  2. Trouve Drape Front Leather Jacket
  3.  Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Tie-Shoulder Silky Mini Dress
  4. Michael Kors Cindy Large Dome Crossbody
  5. Sam Edelman Susie Ankle Strap Sandal

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and look of this dress. On the hanger, it looked bland, but on, it was very flattering and fit perfectly. Having to adjust the shoulder tie got annoying, but it made for easy adjustments if needed. Just be careful pulling it too much or the length will be way too short. Paired with the leather jacket and heels, the look was perfect for the weather (rainy). This would be great for a night out with friends or a date!

-XOXO Courtney

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Snowy Days and Kate Spade

I’m wishing this weather was on Christmas, but the snow is finally falling, and it’s time to pull out my favorite hat and gloves for the occasion. I am so extremely picky with hats. If they don’t fit comfortably, make my head look odd, or are itchy, I will refuse to wear them. But this year, I have finally found a hat that works for me.

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Hat: Kate Spade   Gloves: Kate Spade (Similar)   Scarf: Lord and Taylor (Similar)

Sweater: Forever 21 (Similar)    Jacket: Patagonia    Leggings: Nordstrom

Boots: Hunter

To say that I am obsessed with this hat is an understatement! It’s everything: warm, soft, and oh so cute. Paired with any sweater and scarf, and of course a warm jacket, the look is complete! Also, these boots are so crucial for wet snow! Your feet stay warm, and they look perfect with a simple pair of black leggings!

Enjoy this snowy weather and stay cozy!

-XOXO Courtney

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